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am not Adriana, nor thy wife.
For slander lives upon succession;
ACT V. A WOMAN'S JEALOUSY MORE DEADLY THAN POISON.
The venom clamours of a jealous woman Poison more deadly than a mad dog's tooth. It seems his sleeps were hinder'd by thy railing: And thereof comes it that his head is light. (ings; Thou say’st, his meat was sauc'd with thy upbraidUnquiet meals make ill digestions, Thereof the raging fire of fever bred; And what's a fever but a fit of madness? Thou say'st, his sports were hinder'd by thy brawls; Sweet recreation barr'd, what doth ensue, But moody and dull melancholy, (Kinsman to grim and comfortless despair); And, at her heels, a huge infectious troop Of pale distemperatures, and foes to life!
DESCRIPTION OF A BEGGARLY FORTUNETELLER.
A hungry lean-fac'd villain,
A living dead man: this pernicious slave,
Though now this grained * face of mine be hid In sap-consuming winter's drizzled snow, And all the conduits of
blood froze up;
LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST.
BRAVE conquerors !--for so you are,
VANITY OF PLEASURE.
Why, all delights are vain; but that most vain, Which, with pain purchas'd, doth inherit pain.
Study is like the heaven's glorious sun,
That will not be deep search'd with saucy looks; Small have continual plodders ever won, Save base authority from others' books.
* Furrowed, lined.
These earthly godfathers of heaven's lights,
That give a name to every fixed star, Have no more profit of their shining nights,
Than those that walk, and wot not what they are. Too much to know, is, to know nought but fame; And every godfather can give a name.
An envious sneaping* frost,
A CONCEITED COURTIER.
A man in all the world's new fashion planted,
That hath a mint of phrases in his brain:
Doth ravish, like enchanting harmony;
Have chose as umpire of their mutiny:
For interim to our studies, shall relate, In high-born words, the worth of many a knight
From tawny Spain, lost in the world's debate.
АСТ II. .
My beauty, though but mean,
A MERRY MAN.
A merrier man,
I never spent an hour's talk withal:
HUMOROUS DESCRIPTION OF LOVE.
0!-And I, forsooth, in love! I, that have been
love's whip; А very
beadle to a humorous sigh: A critic; nay, a night-watch constable; A domineering pedant o'er the boy, Than whom no mortal so magnificent! This wimpled*, wining, purblind, wayward boy; This senior-junior, giant-dwarf, Dan Cupid; Regent of love-rhymes, lord of folded arms, The anointed sovereign of sighs and groans, Liege of all loiterers and malcontents, Dread prince of placketst, king of codpieces, Sole imperator and great general Of trotting paritors 1.–O my little heart ! And I to be a corporal of his field, And wear his colours like a tumbler's hoop! What? I! I love! I sue! I seek a wife! A woman, that is like a German clock, Still a repairing: ever out of frame;
* Hooded, veiled.
+ Petticoats. The officers of the spiritual courts who serve citations.
And never going aright, being a watch,
Did not the heavenly rhetoric of thine eye
('Gainst whom the world cannot hold argument), Persuade my heart to this false perjury?
Vows, for thee broke, deserve not punishment. A woman I forswore; but, I will
prove, Thou being a goddess, I forswore not thee: My vow was earthly, thou a heavenly love;
Thy grace being gain’d, cures all disgrace in me. Vows are but breath, and breath a vapour is :
Then thou, fair sun, which on my earth dost shine, Exhal'st this vapour vow; in thee it is:]
If broken then, it is no fault of mine; If by me broke, what fool is not so wise, To lose an oath to win a paradise?
On a day, (alack the day!)